If ever there were an opponent and a game who could offer themselves to the collective Notre Dame community as a salve to the butt-hurt of last week, it’s Purdue. In the hopes of being linked by Stewart Mandel, I will keep this serious. Suffice it to say, this may be the shortest article ever posted on HLS.
While Notre Dame and Purdue have identical records, 1-1, Purdue’s is “less good” than Notre Dame’s. And, by “less good,” I mean “disturbing.” The Purdue football is a program in trouble. Unlike OSU or ‘bama or USC, it’s not in trouble “outside-the-lines.” No, sir. Purdue is straight up a hot mess on the field, and, frankly, God bless them for it. What better way to bid adieu to the ghosts of Ann Arbor?
Purdue has played one FBS and one FCS opponent and is 1-1. Purdue’s “win” came against perennial dream-crusher, Indiana State, the FCS team. They beat them 20-14. Clearly, Purdue is looking to Saturday and ND’s “all-of-a-sudden-suspect” defense to add to its 311 yard TOTAL offensive passing production. That’s right, loyal readers. Tommy Rees has thrown for more yards each game than Purdue has amassed in toto.
Here’s how bad it is: their starting safety is done. They lost to Cincininatti 42-7. They beat Indiana State 20-14, a score that brought their POINT TOTAL TO 27. They have a TOTAL OF THREE PLAYS OF TWENTY PLUS YARDS. Their ‘backs are averaging 2.9 yards per carry. Their QB is completing 55.9% of his passes. And, if you’re interested, Indiana State gave up 73 points in Week One to Indiana. And they were playing football, not basketball.
So, let’s zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz what? Should we scrutinize ND’s defense? Nozzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. What? Game on?!?!? Mmmmkay. Go! Irizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! What? Wake up music?!?!?!? Play it!